Five Simple Ways to Increase Your Energy Output
Is your mojo running in “slow mo?” Are you finding yourself
dragging through each day, seemingly unable to move out of neutral?
Are you fighting a bad case of the “grumpies?” Chances are, you
need a mojo boost. Like most of us, your energy levels are being
adversely affected by the negativity we are absorbing in the midst
of the widespread challenges, both on Wall Street and on Main
Street. Going to work when you’re constantly hearing about layoffs
or reading about the latest company shutting its doors is difficult
– and trying to remain creative, upbeat and productive can be twice
Before we begin to boost our mojo, we need to understand what
mojo is. Mojo is reflected differently in each person, yet its
essence is the same for all of us. Mojo is our internal energy,
inspiration and power that propels us joyfully forward in life,
allowing us to fulfill our goals and act upon that which we desire.
In short, mojo is our fuel for a happy and productive life. Our
tanks get low on mojo when we allow it to become stagnant, depleted
or sucked away from us by others. However, we can fill our tanks
whenever we wish. All it takes is some intention, conscious
awareness and choice.
So how can we boost our mojo? We acquire more mojo when we
choose activities that are healthy, balanced and blissful. At work
especially, this means finding the silver lining, even when times
are tough. But don’t despair! Below are five simple yet effective
mojo boosters to help you out of the recession rut:
Be good to yourself. One of the most important steps you can
take to boost your mojo is to adopt a rigorous plan for self-care.
This includes choosing the highest quality fuel to run on. Choose
healthy foods to eat and snack on, avoid eating on-the-go, and
especially avoid too many empty (albeit comforting) sugary foods and
simple carbohydrates. Get outside at least once a day to breathe in
one of nature’s biggest mojo boosters: Oxygen! All it takes is a
simple walk around the parking lot or office plaza to get your
energy boost. Also, don’t be shy when it comes to getting those
forty winks over the weekend, soaking in a tub, or getting a
massage. Take care of your body so it will take care of you.
2) Be playful.
When is the last time you’ve seen a child without energy? It rarely
happens! Most children have one agenda item on their list: have
fun. They revel in the act of creating, exploring and playing.
Their days fly by, and they never want to take a nap or go to bed
for fear that they will miss something wonderful. We can learn
something from these smaller teachers by incorporating a little more
play into our lives. At work, think about the ways you can bring
more play into your cubicle. Display your favorite bobble-head or
figurine on your desk. Use your lunch break to play a board game
with co-workers while you eat. Sign up for a joke-of-the-day
e-mail. Outside of the office, pick shells on the beach, play with
your family outside or even run on the Slip’nSlide in the back
yard. Let your inner kid play again!
Be mindful. Our mojo gets sapped when our minds endlessly
jump from task to task, or more precisely, obsess over problem after
problem. Our computers need to be turned off every once in a while
in order to function optimally, and our minds are no different.
Take some time to mentally “defrag” through the act of meditation.
If you are new to meditation, simply carve out a few minutes every
day to comfortably sit in silence. Do nothing. Simply be.
Take the end of your lunch break and use it to meditate. You will
be surprised how much more energized you feel after letting your
brain rest for a bit. Once you have incorporated periods of silence
into your life, you can begin to add other mindful activities such
as creative visualization or clearing your office space through
de-cluttering and other simple Feng Shui techniques like turning
your desk toward the door, placing plants in corners, and moving
electrical equipment as far away from you as possible.
Be present. A major obstacle to maximizing one’s mojo is the
all-too-common practice of regretting the past or fretting over the
future. We spend so much of our energy wallowing in previous
so-called failures or fearing the absolute worst of what may
happen instead of living joyfully in the moment. We don’t know what
the future holds, and it is simply a waste of valuable time and mojo
to try to control it. The best way to remain firmly planted in the
present is to increase your awareness of yourself and your
surroundings. Place your hand on your heart. What do you feel?
Look around. What do you see? Our lives are rich beyond measure
when we take the time to be fully present. It is, after all, the
only thing we have.
Be grateful. Expressing gratitude is like receiving a shot of
adrenaline. When we are grateful for what we already have – a home,
a family, love, health, food, and shelter – we instantly get a boost
of mojo that can help us through the tough times. The key is to
make the expression of gratitude a daily habit. Think about
starting and ending each day with a “gratitude rant.” Before you
get out of bed and drive to work, or before you shut off the light
to get back into bed, mentally rattle off all of the fabulous things
in your life. Take note of the gifts contained within the
challenges of the day. What was the blessing in the postponed
meeting or client call? Did it allow you to spend more time on a
project that had a deadline, or did it make it so that you were able
to drive home a few minutes earlier to see your family? If you
operate from a perspective of gratitude, then you will never have
that familiar feeling of running on empty.
Even though it sometimes seems like our energy is dependent on our
job status, the messages from the media, or the balance in our bank
accounts, we can break that pattern by making these simple
mojo-boosting choices over and over again, day after day, minute by
minute. Choose to have a life of abundance, balance, and
creativity, and then go about embodying those ideas, beliefs and
actions that support it.
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